Spending on education in Australia increased nearly 80% between 2000 and 2015.
In 2015, the federal government contributed A$47.2 billion (42%) to education. State, territory and local governments spent A$39.1 billion (35%) and A$25.5 billion (23%) came from private sources.
Indigenous students usually start university later in life.
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A recent Productivity Commission report showed the demand driven system of university funding didn't increase participation rates for Indigenous students. But our analysis actually shows the opposite.
To reduce the risk of accidents, cyclists can wear bright clothing, use lights and steer clear of car doors, where possible.
Cyclists account for one in five hospitalisations for transport-related injures in Australia. And around 38 cyclists are killed each year.
No, it’s not mostly unemployed people who dropped out of school.
Around 35% of Australians have tried marijuana at some point in their life, and 11% have tried ecstasy. Most people who try drugs do so for a short period in their lives – mostly in their 20s.
Crime and ethnicity: highly divisive issues in the state.
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All three groups are over-represented in the alleged offender population, with Sudan born offenders to a higher degree. But the vast majority of crime is committed by Australian born offenders.
Rollout of the NBN in Tasmania is well ahead of other states and territories in Australia.
Tasmania's digital inclusion increased dramatically and more than the national average from 2017 to 2018. This change is underpinned by a doubling of access to NBN in Tasmania in that period.
In each survey or census, people are asked to identify if they are Indigenous.
What may appear to be slow progress or steady outcomes for the whole Indigenous population may be masking worsening results.
Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts. This year we've made plenty of good ones with academics.
Unless governments tackle the housing affordability crisis, the poorest Australians will fall further behind.
Rising housing costs are hurting low-income Australians the most. The gap in home ownership between rich and poor is widening, house prices are rising fastest at the bottom and rental stress is rising.
Financial control is a form of abuse and includes controlling access to household money, such as not having access to bank accounts.
Emotional and economic abuse in relationships are often intertwined as people who insult and shame their partners will also try to control their income and assets.
There are few options left for the asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island.
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There are about 400-600 people in the now-defunct regional processing centre refusing to move to recently built transit centres in Lorengau – but these numbers shift daily.
Many workplaces do not make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.
Australia has the highest poverty rate in the OECD for people with a disability. The barriers to, and discrimination in, the workplace are part of the reason.
Young Australians still remain locked out of the housing market as the wealth disparity grows across generations.
Australia is becoming wealthier, but much of that wealth remains concentrated in the hands of older generations.
More than 50% of Australians think drugs should be cleared for use before they’ve completed clinical trials.
Most Australians value science. But we do have some hesitations about the pace of scientific advances, and we're not sure if scientists are prestigious or not.
Despite public perception, figures indicate that white collar workers are more likely to be a member of a union than people working in traditionally blue collar professions.
Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
Pokie losses in Australia’s pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
The incidence of liver cancer is increasing and has the potential to become a national health crisis.
While other cancer rates fall or remain static, liver cancer is on the rise. Here's why we need to start paying attention.
Firearms are not the main weapon of choice in homicides in Australia.
When it comes to homicide rates, the outlook for Australia is positive with continued reduction in the homicide rate. However, challenges remain.
The NBN’s multi-technology mix seems unlikely to deliver the same internet quality to everyone.
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The National Broadband Network was meant to provide greater equity of digital access. So far, it's not looking good.
Part-time employment will likely still be concentrated in industries such as accommodation and food services in the future.
Even though the shift towards part-time employment has actually been happening for many years, it now appears to be slowing.